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We thoroughly enjoyed and are now recovered from a great tour weekend! I love that the weather was beautiful, absolutely beautiful, as it is THEE best way to enjoy being out and about in Three Rivers! And because, this ends up being my gallery space!

Rick and I were opened all three days this year and it provided for more time with people as they came through. We figured we had about 200 or so visitors this past weekend. I was thrilled to see people who made a point to come back to see me and, this year especially, there seemed to be a whole host of new people who were wonderful to meet and I think pleasantly surprised by the tour.

As in the past, the conversations were very engaging with people asking many great questions. The highlight for me was meeting a couple of young artists who came with their parents — I hope that what they have experienced on the tour will help them envision creative lives of their own!

I had a new piece for this show, as well as, a piece in process — which I am still working on. I really enjoyed talking with people who had a visible response to the images and which put us right into conversations regarding feelings and perspectives about our lives that we all have in common.

I also decided to create a small calendar to show what graphic design is, as I usually get an eye-glaze response when I tell people that I am a designer. I am going to adjust this for twenty 11, as it was well received.

So thanks to everyone who came, you totally made my weekend! Many thanks to Elsah, Kerry, Anne and Sharon for all you have done to make this tour possible. And to the other artists on the tour and in this little community — while I may not get out much, you all inspire and encourage me with your creativity!!

A huge thankyou to Eddie, Martin and Mondodari, for all your help with getting this place looking it’s lovely best! And to Tori, Michelle and Clemetine at Aj’s for your soothing bedside manner and the three stitches I needed in my thumb thursday! healing nicely! — and lastly, to Rick for being the most amazing husband, friend and woodworker!

See you on the tour in two years, if not sooner!


This past saturday was the artist’s pre-tour for the upcoming Three Rivers Artists’ Studio Tour 9 [March 19, 20 and 21!]. The pre-tour is a day when the artist’s who are on the tour, take the tour — visiting each others studios and sharing art! It was particularly fun this year, connecting and re-connecting with each other and learning more about each other’s individual processes. It was a chance to see and encourage each other, laugh and share a lovely day in Three Rivers!

It has been awhile since my last entry, but I am working on a new painting for the upcoming studio tour 9. [March 19, 20 & 21!] I’m very happy with it and to be painting everyday! This is a detail of the first piece, which will have a companion piece [twins!] that have shown up at the same time. These are larger pieces [36″ x 48″] than what I usually work on and with a no.2 brush, it is slow going —but I am a happy girl!

Blogging is new to me and it puts me a little bit out of my comfort zone.
Okay, a lot out of my comfort zone. But I understand that my creative process with painting is about exercising my voice and I am seeing this as an opportunity to do just that.

It all began as a request to all of us local artists and musicians from Elsah Cort, who started the Three Rivers Artist’s Studio Tour. The Tour happens here in town at the end of March every other year. Artists open their studios and sometimes their homes to the public to share new work and theirs lives for one weekend.

My husband, Rick Badgley, who is a furniture maker, has been on the last five.
I have participated in four of the last five. The year I didn’t participate as an artist, I participated as a guest. It was inspiring to me to see the other artists, their creative process and their work. I realized how fortunate it is to be living in a place that had so many gifted people. I also had a new appreciation for just what Elsah had created here for us. Every tour is different as new artists join us, and loved ones leave. But the people who come to visit have been art lovers in the truest sense — they love experiencing and appreciating art!

The next Tour is March 19-20-21,  2010.

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